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I have a couple of questions. First, do the seeds have to be organic? Or just human grade? And what can I use to keep bacteria from growing on them? One site said hydrogen peroxide but that doesn't sound safe to me. I don't know if I can find organic apple cider vinegar. Can you just make sure to rinse them a lot? Thanks

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"Bragg's" brand Apple Cider Vinegar is available at Target, Whole Foods and many supermarkets/grocery stores or you can purchase it on-line.

https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_70zluikuwa_b

https://talkbudgies.com/holistic-natu...r-vinegar.html

Organic Seeds are best to use simply because they have not been exposed to pesticides or other chemicals.

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Thanks for the info Could I germinate the normal seed mix that they eat everyday? It sounds easier and I've heard of people doing it.
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Yes, certainly you can and you'll quickly find out how fresh your seed is by how well it sprouts!
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I grow deer foliage seeds for my parakeets when about 3in. high I set the container in the cage I don't wash the plants they also eat the seeds I purchase the seeds at Tractor Supply 40lbs. for $30.
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Does the vinegar need to be anything else besides organic, like unfiltered or anything? And my parakeet seed has orange essence in it, can it still be sprouted or germinated?
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Does the vinegar need to be anything else besides organic, like unfiltered or anything? And my parakeet seed has orange essence in it, can it still be sprouted or germinated?
Braggs organic vinegar is unfiltered.

Try sprouting a Tablespoon of your seed mix.
The orange essence should not affect the ability of the seed to sprout.
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I can't believe it but I found Braggs vinegar at my local grocery store tonight!! Its exactly the right kind and I'm so glad I bought it. I'm planning to buy some organic seeds to sprout as well as the regular seed mix. Thanks for all your help
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I just rinse mine two times a day.
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I have a couple of questions. First, do the seeds have to be organic? Or just human grade? And what can I use to keep bacteria from growing on them? One site said hydrogen peroxide but that doesn't sound safe to me. I don't know if I can find organic apple cider vinegar. Can you just make sure to rinse them a lot? Thanks
I do not use anything other than plain old water for rinsing. Good clean water that is. Regular rinsing is the way to go.
What is more important is to make sure you are getting good quality seed, grain or beans.
If you find the water keeps colouring up then suspect the seeds are not good.
I sprout mung beans mainly, never had a problem. They sprout very easy.
If using a mix make sure they all have close to the same germinating time.
I do not sprout any mix, but sprout small amounts of each type in separate jars.
Learn feel (slimy throw away), smell, and taste, and you will soon understand when they are not right.

Here is a list of a few things you can sprout.
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